The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) here at St. James’ Episcopal Church is excited to begin a new ministry this May, Art for the Soul. Each month different artists will display their artwork, including paintings and other forms of art, including pottery, jewelry and more in Fowler Hall. This new program allows the artist to showcase and sell art to the members of St. James’ as well as others who attend various programs throughout the month. DOK will use its proceeds from Art for the Soul to support outreach ministries. Please come visit our display in Fowler Hall.
Purchases can be made by contacting DOK at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Pat Matthews at 601-613-5388.
A fourth generation Mississippian from Meridian, Leslie received a BAE from the University of MS in the mid-seventies, completing coursework in the Arts there and also at Mississippi College. She has spent her life pursuing artistic endeavors in painting, pottery making, flower arranging and interior design. Her pottery making and unique pastel glaze creations were inspired by local Madison potter, mentor, and friend, Robert Pickenpaugh.
Nature, the earth, and an assortment of God’s smallest creatures, including delicate, richly colored birds, their uniquely marked eggs, and the butterfly – a long-held symbol of the Resurrection of Christ – all serve as muse for her paintings of oil or acrylic on canvas or wood. Through her angel paintings, she has encountered countless spiritual experiences which have been shared by, and with others.
Leslie currently resides in Ridgeland, MS, with her family and her Cheshire Abbey rescue English Pointer, Esmé. She continues to be inspired daily by God’s divine and sacred creation.
Chance began making prayer beads over 10 years ago after receiving some as a gift. He realized that in stressful moments in his life they provided comfort and peace to handle these special beads as he was praying. They enable his mind to rest and his heart to become quiet and still. Realizing how much these prayer beads meant to others, Chance began selling these unique prayer beads and using the proceeds to fund his trips to the Honduras Medical Mission. The beads and crosses have been collected from Africa, Central America, and antique stores across the country and include coral, jade, copper, silver, bone, and other materials. Chance hopes you enjoy sharing this comforting sacred symbol with others in their times of need.